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Fruit & Nuts


  • Exploring hybrid-plant energy sources

    Michigan State University researchers are evaluating hybrid poplar trees as a potential woody fuel source for use in short-rotation energy plantations. The poplars can be burned for energy or converted into ethanol.

  • Restoring native oak trees

    MacReady Reserve is a demonstration forest that houses an educational trail system where visitors can observe ongoing research and enjoy the environment.

  • Exploring alternative, carbon-neutral energy

    Michigan State University researchers are off-setting the use of coal by employing a carbon-neutral energy source: thinning chips.

  • 2013 Michigan Wheat College at MSU

    Michigan wheat growers returned to the classroom for a one-day Wheat College at MSU where topics such as uniformity,planting depths and rates, nitrogen management, headcount evaluation, and disease and insect management were explored.

  • Addressing Phomopsis on blue spruce

    Researchers at W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest are studying the Phomopsis fungus and its devastating effects on Colorado Blue Spruce. Phomopsis is a disease of the branches, resulting in a loss of needles.

  • Improving black cherry trees

    Michigan State University researchers have teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service to test a variety of black cherry tree seedlings, evaluating them for their growth, stem form, branch angle, and disease and insect tolerance qualities.

  • Advancing Michigan cherry production: From root to fruit

    Michigan State University AgBioResearch scientists at Clarksville Research Center are looking at the advantages and economics of various protective covering systems for cherries.

  • Michigan State University awarded $4.4 million for food security work in Mali

    Published on March 24, 2016
    MSU has been awarded $4.4 million from USAID in Mali to strengthen the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy and its efforts to battle hunger, reduce poverty and improve nutrition through better food policy.

  • Planting tips to attract and protect pollinators focus of new MSU publication

    Published on April 28, 2016
    Michigan State University (MSU) entomologist David Smitley has spearheaded a multistate collaboration to create a new online publication offering tips on how best to protect pollinators in urban landscapes.

  • MSU researchers tackle childhood obesity

    Published on March 27, 2015
    Michigan State University researchers will lead a five-year, $4.7 million effort to tackle childhood obesity, one of the nation's biggest health challenges, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.

  • Two MSU entomologists honored for career achievements

    Published on October 11, 2016
    Michigan State University entomologists Ernest "Del" Delfosse and Doug Landis have been named fellows of the Entomological Society of America for their outstanding contributions to entomology and career achievements that inspire other entomologists

  • Benning named director of MSU/DOE Plant Research Laboratory

    Published on July 23, 2015
    Christoph Benning, Michigan State University professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will become the director of the Michigan State University/ U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) beginning Aug. 16.

  • Outsmarting antibiotic resistance

    Published on March 9, 2016
    Spartan experts answer a global call to action to help ensure a healthy future for all.

  • MSU researchers honored for outstanding genetics article

    Published on April 29, 2016
    A team of Michigan State University researchers, led by AgBioResearch scientist Richard Lenski, has been honored for having one of the top three articles published in the journal Genetics in 2015.

  • Sexy ideas won’t slow climate change if people don’t buy in and buy them

    Published on May 9, 2016
    As governments and researchers race to develop policies and technologies to make energy production more sustainable and mitigate climate change, they need to remember that the most sophisticated endeavors won't work if they're not adopted.

  • MSU researcher proposes solution to bring clean, safe water to remote communities

    Published on April 29, 2015
    MSU AgBioResearch scientist Joan Rose is looking to provide safe drinking water to the most remote locations in the world with a new foam water filter that significantly reduces dangerous pathogens in drinking water.

  • MSU faculty awarded elite professorships

    Published on April 7, 2015
    Michigan State University (MSU), with support from the MSU Foundation, will honor four faculty members with the designation of MSU Foundation Professor, in recognition of their exceptional contributions to research and instruction.

  • BEACON: Guiding a new era of revolutionary research

    Published on December 11, 2013
    A new center, BEACON, headquartered at Michigan State University, studies evolution as it occurs in both natural and virtual settings and involves more than 500 individuals.

  • MSU professor to serve as founding editor for science journal

    Published on May 21, 2015
    Michigan State University professor Patricia Soranno was named founding editor-in-chief of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography's new journal, Limnology and Oceanography Letters.

  • Research with an eye toward improving retinopathy treatment

    Published on March 23, 2016
    MSU AgBioResearch associate professor of physiology Julia Busik and her team recently published research that has implications for new, noninvasive treatment of diabetic retinopathy and, potentially, other diabetic complications.